Alaskan Man Lassoed A Drowning Brown Bear And Got It Back To Shore Safely

Bear drowning
Wayne McGee

You ever lasso a bear?

That sounds like the start of a great story, one that you probably wouldn’t usually believe by the time it was done. But this one comes with pictures to prove it.

Now, lassoing a bear is one thing, but lassoing an Alaskan brown bear is a whole other ball game.

These are the largest of the grizzly bears, reaching weights over 1,400 pounds and standing over 10 feet tall in some cases. These bears run around in rugged country on Alaskan coasts and eat everything they can, enjoying the salmon runs and the berries that grow.

The coast lines and rivers that flow through these areas attract the brown bears because there is plenty of food. This can lead to bears crossing water by swimming to reach feeding grounds.

But bears can get in a jam just like people. And this guy caught a bear in a jam.

While crossing a waterway, this brown bear started to drown. Luckily there was some folks coming by on their boat willing to give the bear a hand.

They saw the bear struggling and sprung into action getting it lassoed and pulled out of the water. They then just had to fend the bear off from climbing up the boat ’til they got it closer to shore.

The released the bear safe and sound with some wild pictures to go with it.

“This Alaskan Brown Bear was drowning out in the Bay until a passerby lassoed it and towed it to safety! They had their hands full trying to keep it from climbing in the boat once “rescued.”

I guess after hibernation he was hungry and didn’t fancy waiting for the salmon to come to him so he went out looking for them in the sea!

More info for those commenting – this was in the sea well off the coast of Kodiak and an experienced outdoorsman watched this bear struggling and actually go under a few times before deciding it was necessary to intervene… Another Alaska Adventure!”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock